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An examination of the relations between social support, anthropomorphism and stress among dog owners

By N. M. D. Antonacopoulos, T. A. Pychyl

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Although it is well documented that pet ownership has a number of benefits, the psychological characteristics of the pet-owner relationship that may affect human subjective well-being are not well understood. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relations between owners' perceived social support from their dog, anthropomorphism, and stress. Although studies have found that owning a pet is linked to stress reduction, this research has not examined whether engaging in anthropomorphism of dogs influences pet owners' stress levels. We hypothesized that, if dog owners are receiving social support through anthropomorphism of their pets, it is likely to lead to a reduction in stress. One hundred and seven dog owners completed a questionnaire package which included an Anthropomorphism Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support. Correlations revealed that pet owners who perceived themselves as having low levels of social support were more likely to engage in high levels of anthropomorphic behavior (r=-0.21, df=91, p

Date 2008
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 21
Issue 2
Pages 139-152
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa K1S 5B6,
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Diseases
  3. Dogs
  4. Human behavior
  5. Mammals
  6. Ownership
  7. peer-reviewed
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. Primates
  10. Social behavior
  11. Stress
  12. surveys
  1. peer-reviewed